Hearld5.14Larry Hearld, program director, PhD Administration-Health ServicesLarry Hearld, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Health Services Administration, has been named director of the PhD Administration–Health Services program. Hearld, who takes over for S. Robert Hernandez, DrPH, in the role, says following Hernandez, who was with the program for decades and recently appointed Distinguished Service Professor, is a good thing.

“The program is a known entity around the world so my job is to build on top of the strong foundation already established and expand the curriculum to meet the new demands facing graduates,” said Hearld, winner of the 2015 Thompson Prize for Young Investigators. “For example, we have long been known as an excellent research program and we are going to build on that reputation by enhancing the teaching instruction our students receive to help our graduates enter the academic world more seamlessly.”

Hearld says that as UAB graduates go around the world for work, he has noticed an expanded applicant pool with more geographical diversity. The influx of students from around the globe has allowed him to look at more unique and creative ways to teach and structure the curriculum.

“We want to make sure we are providing our students with a breadth of educational opportunities, from teaching to service to hands-on research, that will put them ahead of the competition in an ever-evolving job market,” said Hearld.

The Ph.D. program in Administration–Health Services is a degree program offered jointly and cooperatively by the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Health Professions and the Graduate School of Management in the School of Business. Faculty associated with the School of Public Health, School of Medicine, Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education, and Center on Aging also contribute to student learning.